Wednesday, June 18, 14:07h
Welcome back to my blog, thanks.
The story of this year’s Pohjanmaa Ralli has two fathers: One is my rally friend and news paper journalist Teemu Lampinen (@HartusvuoriWRC) and the other one is the 24h of LeMans endurance race…
Until one week before the world’s biggest endurance race was held, I had a serious chance to go there again since one big player in that business kept my hopes high all the time. But for some reasons I don’t know something must have changed and I was free to see the first Finnish summer rally of this season.
This fact played perfectly into Teemu’s hands because he asked me a while ago, if he can write an article about me for the local newspaper “Ilkka” which he works for. On friday before the rally he and a photographer visited my 14m² of total freedom and after a photo shooting in proper rally environment, I had a free afternoon to do the recce.
A short meeting with my Sporttimobiili workmates and ONE! lonkero with other rally friends in a local bar rounded up an interesting “Normipäivä”.
Next morning I shortly visited the rally service park around nine o’clock, two hours before the rally officially started. Without having had the necessary amount of hot black water (in Finland called coffee), my photography is godawful, that’s why I didn’t take pics then.
A stopover in a coffee shop gave me the necessary punch to be awake and a sneaky look into “Ilkka” made me feel like a star.
As you remember, it wasn’t the first time when a story about my life in a bubble was published. But usually I’m not around when this was the case. This time, I was working outside all day and I had no chance to hide myself. Finns are quite shy, at least they claim to be. Therefore it was impressive and I felt honored when many people started to chat with me out in the woods.
But the main reason for me to enjoy a wonderful summer rally day with many other spectators was to share my passion with everybody who couldn’t be there. Look how beautiful the Finnish Rally Championship is:
And last but not least, I met someone who shares the same passion for rally. I do it behind the camera and he does it behind the wheel…
Obviously he has read today’s newspaper too or then someone gave him a hint who this running camera monkey is because we had a short but nice chat. Can you imagine how I felt when this WRC star was interested in what I do? Normally it’s the other way round..
After the rally had ended and my work with the pictures for Sporttimobiili was done, I met my workmates for a short debriefing in the same bar like the evening before. I wanted to come down after all what happened to me in the past 24 hours.
What could be better than ONE lonkero? For some reason the evening turned completely into something I’d never experienced before when a group of ladies had recognized me. Soon, our “Sporttimobiili”-table was full of people and it felt like the entire bar wanted to talk to me and all at once… Who just said the Finns are shy? NO WAY! Do I need to say that suddenly I had a second lonkero in front of me and this wasn’t the last one… Big thanks to all involved people which most of them I won’t remember. The reason is my terribly bad memory for faces, “Lonkero” has nothing to do with that. Instead of “Les 24 heures du Mans” I highly enjoyed my “15 minutes of fame” in and around Lapua. Tough I liked everything what happened, I’m happy to be back in my bubble now. From there I send
High octane greetings and uf Wiederluege!